Hearing the stories about these military and old west items makes me miss my dad who passed away many years ago. He would invite us to watch John Wayne, William Holden, Jimmy Stewart and Lee Marvin in all the old war movies and westerns. We grew up with patriotism and an honor for and love for our American heritage and our West Coast history. There is something very reassuring in the handling of old lariats and spurs. Bent and ill formed felt hats covered with dust and a pair of old military boots in the corner drum up major nostalgia. I pour over a box of medals and ribbons from this Marine sharp shooter who I was representing in this estate sale. He is what one would call a "man's man". His children were not interested in these things...so sad that they did not give him honor in death. I am here to help the quiet widow who has her special box of memories to hold on to and cherish.